Nothing appears out of reach from America’s regime change foreign policy. Not even hip-hop music in Cuba. Yes, you read that correctly.
The Associated Press has obtained documents that show USAID (US Agency for International Development ) secretly infiltrated a Cuban underground hip-hop movement and recruited rappers to start grassroots youth movements against the government.
The “Chronic” spring perhaps…or maybe the “Slim Shady” revolution.
Whatever this coup was to be called, it’s downright scary, and amazing, how nothing and no one seems immune to American interventionism.
Via Sputnik News Agency:
Serbian music promoter Rajko Bozic was hired by Creative Associates International, a Washington-based contractor, in the project directed by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) with plans to spark a youth movement against the Cuban government and stir political dissent on the island-nation, the Business Insider said.
In the past, the Serbian music promoter helped to undermine former Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic by organizing a series of protest concerts. The Serb worked with a hip-hop group Los Aldeanos, who was frustrated by the government’s pressure and had widespread support among the local youth, AP said.
The operation, however, proved to be amateurish. On at least six occasions, people involved in the project were detained and interrogated by the Cuban authorities. In some cases, computers and other hardware were seized. Information, contained in them, might have compromised identity of Cubans, who likely had no idea about the clandestine US operation, according to AP sources.
USAID has also put the entire hip-hop culture in Cuba in danger. As pressure from the Cuban government has increased, many artists that Bozic tried to promote have stopped performing or even have left the country. Music festivals that were linked or presumed to be linked with USAID were also shut down, the Guardian said.
USAID has denied the accusations, stating that their mission was neither secret nor had any political objectives, as the organization simply was working to strengthen civil society in the place “where civic engagement is suppressed and where people are harassed, arrested, subjected to physical harm or worse”.
Now put your hands in the air and wave them around like you just don’t care.
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